|SEATTLE ( ALBERS )|
ATLANTA ( FOLTYNEWICZ )
|967||SEATTLE||+115||Ov 10,-105||-110||Ov 9.5,-115|
|968||ATLANTA||-125||Un 10,-115||+100||Un 9.5,-105|
|vs Right-handed Starters||45-45||-2||42-43||4.8||0.265||0.323||0.420||0.744||4.9||0.261||0.320||0.438||0.758|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.9||3-4||4.1||0.277||0.331||0.426||0.756||4.6||0.246||0.310||0.453||0.763|
|vs Left-handed Starters||10-10||+3.9||10-9||4.8||0.268||0.325||0.428||0.753||5.1||0.264||0.341||0.460||0.800|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-0.4||3-4||5.0||0.271||0.328||0.486||0.814||6.3||0.292||0.384||0.486||0.869|
|8/8/2017||MIRANDA(L)||@ OAKLAND||GRAVEMAN(R)||7-6||W||-115||9 ov||O||11||9||0||8||6||3|
|8/9/2017||GALLARDO(R)||@ OAKLAND||COTTON(R)||6-3||W||100||9.5 ov||U||8||4||0||7||7||0|
|8/10/2017||PAXTON(L)||LA ANGELS||SKAGGS(L)||3-6||L||-180||7.5 ov||O||8||5||0||8||6||0|
|8/11/2017||GONZALES(L)||LA ANGELS||NOLASCO(R)||5-6||L||-135||10 ov||O||10||4||1||11||9||0|
|8/12/2017||RAMIREZ(R)||LA ANGELS||RAMIREZ(R)||3-6||L||-150||9 ov||P||13||9||1||8||4||0|
|8/13/2017||MIRANDA(L)||LA ANGELS||BRIDWELL(R)||2-4||L||-130||9 ov||U||8||6||1||6||10||0|
|8/18/2017||RAMIREZ(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||PRUITT(R)||7-1||W||115||9 ov||U||14||8||0||4||6||0|
|8/19/2017||MIRANDA(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||ODORIZZI(R)||7-6||W||105||9.5 ov||O||10||9||0||9||5||0|
|8/20/2017||GALLARDO(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||SNELL(L)||0-3||L||150||9.5 ev||U||3||4||0||5||7||0|
|8/21/2017||ALBERS(L)||@ ATLANTA||FOLTYNEWICZ(R)|| |
|8/22/2017||GONZALES(L)||@ ATLANTA||SIMS(R)|| |
|8/23/2017||RAMIREZ(R)||@ ATLANTA||DICKEY(R)|| |
|8/25/2017||MIRANDA(L)||@ NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)|| |
|8/26/2017||GALLARDO(R)||@ NY YANKEES||GRAY(R)|| |
|8/27/2017||ALBERS(L)||@ NY YANKEES||TANAKA(R)|| |
|8/28/2017|| ||@ BALTIMORE|| || |
|8/11/2017||FOLTYNEWICZ(R)||@ ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)||5-8||L||145||8.5 ev||O||7||4||0||8||9||0|
|8/12/2017||SIMS(R)||@ ST LOUIS||MARTINEZ(R)||5-6||L||210||9 un||O||9||8||1||11||7||1|
|8/13/2017||DICKEY(R)||@ ST LOUIS||WACHA(R)||6-3||W||175||8.5 un||O||12||7||0||11||9||0|
|8/14/2017||TEHERAN(R)||@ COLORADO||BETTIS(R)||0-3||L||120||12 ov||U||7||7||0||7||7||0|
|8/15/2017||NEWCOMB(L)||@ COLORADO||FREELAND(L)||4-3||W||170||11 ev||U||6||4||0||6||5||1|
|8/16/2017||FOLTYNEWICZ(R)||@ COLORADO||GRAY(R)||2-17||L||165||11 un||O||7||5||0||18||8||0|
|8/17/2017||SIMS(R)||@ COLORADO||HOFFMAN(R)||10-4||W||160||12 ev||O||12||6||1||9||11||0|
|8/28/2017|| ||@ PHILADELPHIA|| || |
|SEATTLE: 2016: 86-76, second place
Manager: Scott Servais (second season)
Who's new? LF Jarrod Dyson, SS Jean Segura, IF Danny Valencia, RF Mitch Haniger, C Carlos Ruiz, C Tuffy Gosewich, RHP Yovani Gallardo, LHP Drew Smyly, LHP Marc Rzepczynski, RHP Casey Fien, RHP Chris Heston
Who's gone? OF Seth Smith, SS Ketel Marte, C Chris Iannetta, OF Nori Aoki, RHP Taijuan Walker, RHP Nathan Karns, LHP Vidal Nuno, LHP David Rollins, RHP Tom Wilhelmsen
Projected lineup: LF Jarrod Dyson (.278, 1 HR, 25 RBI, 30 SB with Royals), SS Jean Segura (.319, 20, 64, 33 with Diamondbacks), 2B Robinson Cano (.298, 39, 103), DH Nelson Cruz (.287, 43, 105), 3B Kyle Seager (.278, 30, 99), C Mike Zunino (.207, 12, 31), 1B Danny Valencia (.287, 17, 51 with A's), RF Mitch Haniger (.229, 5, 17 in 34 games with Diamondbacks), CF Leonys Martin (.247, 15, 47, 24 SB)
Rotation: RH Felix Hernandez (11-8, 3.82), RH Hisashi Iwakuma (16-12, 4.12), LH James Paxton (6-7, 3.79), RH Yovani Gallardo (6-8, 5.42 with Orioles), LH Drew Smyly (7-12, 4.88 with Rays)
Key relievers: RH Steve Cishek (4-6, 2.81, 25/32 SV), RH Edwin Diaz (0-4, 2.79, 18/21), RH Nick Vincent (4-4, 3.73), RH Evan Scribner (0-0, 0.00 in 12 games), LH Marc Rzepczynski (1-0, 2.64 with A's and Nationals), RH Casey Fien (1-1, 5.49 with Twins and Dodgers)
Hot spots: First base and right field. Veteran Valencia has the first baseman's job for now, but Dan Vogelbach is the heir apparent who will begin the season at Triple-A. Vogelbach, 24, slimmed down this offseason ' a necessity when you're 6 feet tall, weigh 250 pounds and expect to play your first full major league season ' and might have more weight to lose. Valencia, 32, has never been a full-time first baseman in seven seasons. Haniger is known more for his glove than his bat, but he struggled (.713 OPS) in limited time at a hitter-friendly park in Arizona last year. Safeco Field won't be as kind. Cruz will play right field if Haniger doesn't.
Outlook: General Manager Jerry Dipoto has paired a staff of fly-ball pitchers with three rangy outfielders, an exercise in team-building he once tried with the Angels. Dipoto caused a stir by executing 40 roster transactions during the offseason, but is it possible he didn't do enough? Haniger has never been atop a major league depth chart. Pitchers Gallardo and Smyly are coming off shaky seasons in Baltimore and Tampa Bay, respectively. On paper, the Mariners look like a top-heavy team without much help in the minors if the bottom falls out. That was the case for Dipoto with the Angels too, and sometimes it worked out OK. More often it didn't.
|ATLANTA: 2016: 68-93, fifth place
Manager: Brian Snitker (second season)
Who's new? 2B Brandon Phillips, 2B Micah Johnson, C Kurt Suzuki, IF/OF Sean Rodriguez, SP Bartolo Colon, SP R.A. Dickey, SP Jaime Garcia
Who's gone? OF Mallex Smith, C A.J. Pierzynski, RHP Chris Withrow, RHP Ryan Weber
Projected lineup: CF Ender Inciarte (.291, 3 HR, 29 RBI, 16 SB), SS Dansby Swanson (.302, 3, 17), 1B Freddie Freeman (.302, 34, 91), LF Matt Kemp (.280, 12, 39 with Padres and Braves), RF Nick Markakis (.269, 13, 89), 2B Brandon Phillips (.291, 11, 64, 14 SB), 3B Adonis Garcia (.273, 14, 65), C Tyler Flowers (.270, 8, 41)
Rotation: RH Julio Teheran (7-10, 3.21), RH Bartolo Colon (15-8, 3.43 with Mets), LH Jaime Garcia (10-13, 4.67 with Cardinals), RH R.A. Dickey (10-15, 4.46 with Blue Jays), RH Mike Foltynewicz (9-5, 4.31)
Key relievers: RH Jim Johnson (2-6, 3.06 ERA, 20/23 SV), RH Arodys Vizcaino (1-4, 4.42, 10/14 SV), RH Mauricio Cabrera (5-1, 2.82), LH Ian Krol (2-0, 3.18), RH Jose Ramirez (2-2, 3.58), RH Josh Collmenter (1-0, 4.84 with Diamondbacks)
Hot spots: Second base and rotation. Phillips, acquired from the Reds in February, is a placeholder for prospect Ozzie Albies at second base. Albies, 20, won the Double-A Southern League batting title in 2016 and is a potential September call-up at least. The rotation is in a similar state of transition, but it's more complicated. Veterans Teheran, Colon, Dickey and Garcia have jobs for now. Youngsters Foltynewicz, Aaron Blair, Matt Wisler, Lucas Sims and Sean Newcomb are pushing to seize long-term spots.
Outlook: In the inaugural season at SunTrust Park, the Braves will try to crack .500 for the first time since 2013. Their rebuilding work isn't finished, but the front office added about $30 million in salary over the winter. That ought to be enough to make the Braves watchable again. Now, the veterans trying to extend their careers in Atlanta (Colon, Dickey, Phillips, Kemp) are almost as intriguing as the prospects. The sight of 23-year-old shortstop Swanson backing up 40-something pitchers Colon and Dickey could be something special.
|Mariners await opener of rare series in Atlanta|
ATLANTA -- Now that their own playoff hopes are dead, the Atlanta Braves will try to derail the aspirations of the Seattle Mariners when the clubs begin a three-game interleague series Monday at SunTrust Park.
Atlanta's Mike Foltynewicz (10-8, 4.75 ERA) will be opposed by Seattle's Andrew Albers (1-0, 1.80) in the opening game.
The Mariners (63-62) saw their four-game winning streak end with a 3-0 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday. Seattle resides 1 1/2 games out of the second American League wild-card spot.
Atlanta (55-67) is not in playoff contention in the National League and has won only four of its past 13 games. The Braves beat the Cincinnati Reds 8-1 Sunday at SunTrust Park to salvage the finale of a three-game series.
The Mariners are visiting Atlanta for just the third time. The teams last met in 2014 when the Mariners swept the four-game series with two wins in Atlanta and two in Seattle. The Braves swept a three-game home series against the Mariners in 2011.
Albers, who has yet to face the Braves in his career, will make his second start for the Mariners since he was recalled from the minors. He beat the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday, allowing one run on six hits in five innings. He retired the last eight batters he faced to pick up his first major league win since 2013.
"Whether I get the 'W' or somebody else, it doesn't really matter," Albers said. "Coming in here, getting to be part of a wild-card race, that's pretty awesome."
Albers, 31, was acquired from the Braves on Aug. 11 in a move to bolster a Seattle rotation that has been ravaged by injuries. He was 12-3 with a 2.61 ERA in 26 appearances, 17 starts, for Atlanta's Triple-A Gwinnett affiliate.
Atlanta had signed Albers in December 2016 to a minor league contract, primarily to help provide innings for the rotation.
As their injuries continued to mount, the Mariners identified Albers, a much-traveled veteran who had previous big-league experience with the Twins and Blue Jays. He became the 16th starting pitcher the Mariners have used this season, one shy of the team record.
This is only the 21st time that Atlanta will face a left-handed starting pitcher this season. The Braves are 10-10 and batting .263 against southpaws.
Foltynewicz will try to rebound from two poor starts. He allowed six runs in 2 2/3 innings against the St. Louis Cardinals on Aug. 11 and gave up eight runs in 3 1/3 frames against the Colorado Rockies on Aug. 16. The two performances raised his ERA from 3.94 to 4.75.
"I was trying my hardest out there," Foltynewicz said after the Colorado game. "I was just leaving balls out over the middle of the plate. I gave up some bloop hits and gappers -- and walking people doesn't help. Things were just running a little fast through the mind."
Foltynewicz will make his first start against the Mariners. When he pitched for the Houston Astros, he made two relief appearances against Seattle in 2014 and went 0-1 with a 9.00 ERA.
Against interleague competition, Seattle is 10-7 and Atlanta is 7-7.
|Last Updated: 9/24/2017 6:15:54 PM EST|